Space telescope ushers in new age of astronomy

24 Dec 2021
James Webb Space Telescope in a laboratory
In order to detect the most distant and oldest galaxies, the telescope needs to be huge and kept extremely cold. Image: NASA/Chris Gunn.

A "game changing" new telescope will soon be blasted into space to embark on a lonely 1.5-million-kilometre orbit around the Sun to provide a clearer view of the ever-expanding universe.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the largest telescope ever to be launched into space and will be used by University of Queensland researchers to observe asteroids and newborn planets, as well as black holes in distant galaxies.

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